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Federal Judge Orders Virginia to “Preserve” Late-Arriving Military Ballots

November 4, 2008

I bet the Obama camp is trying to figure out how to best position their disagreement and likely appeal to this judge’s ruling to count military ballots.

The John McCain’s campaign filed suit Tuesday complaining that Virginia counties failed to send absentee ballots to military personnel soon enough for them to vote on time.

The lawsuit filed with the US District Court of eastern Virginia demands that the late arriving absentee ballots be counted as valid.

“There are many military service members and overseas voters who support Senator John McCain for president in the upcoming election and whose right to vote will be denied without relief from this court,” the suit said.

An estimated 1.3 million US military service members are eligible to vote using absentee ballots even if they are stationed in the United States.

More than 180,000 US troops are in Iraq and Afghanistan.The complaint argues that some Virginia counties sent out absentee ballots 35 days before the elections, which it contended was not enough time to ensure they would be received in time to vote.

Virginia law requires that the completed ballot be put in the mail by November 4 and received by local election officials by 7:00 pm November 14.

U.S. District Judge Richard Williams said Tuesday that he will hear the lawsuit on Nov. 10. He ordered election officials to keep the late-arriving ballots until then.

How great to see the Dems complain if VA came down to the absentee ballots cast by the members of the military fighting overseas.

– AP

 

Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign filed suit Tuesday complaining that Virginia counties failed to send absentee ballots to military personnel soon enough for them to vote on time.

The lawsuit filed with the US District Court of eastern Virginia demands that the late arriving absentee ballots be counted as valid.

“There are many military service members and overseas voters who support Senator John McCain for president in the upcoming election and whose right to vote will be denied without relief from this court,” the suit said.

An estimated 1.3 million US military service members are eligible to vote using absentee ballots even if they are stationed in the United States.

More than 180,000 US troops are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was not known how many of them are registered to vote in Virginia.

The complaint argues that some Virginia counties sent out absentee ballots 35 days before the elections, which it contended was not enough time to ensure they would be received in time to vote.

Virginia law requires that the completed ballot be put in the mail by November 4 and received by local election officials by 7:00 pm November 14.

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